Blade or motor problems

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Hhello i bought an ego lawn mower.. but since i have used it.. it just dryes and kills my grass.. i thought it was the blade.. but then replaced it with another original blade but the problem persists.. keeps drying out the grass and not giving a clean cut.. is the power in my motor ok?
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Hello Enri,

The first step with this mower is to sharpen the blade to a razor like consistency.  Please note that the blade dulls very quickly, especially with wet or thick grass.  It takes me all of a few minutes to remove, sharpen and put the blade back on my mower.  So, I sharpen it every cut.  Even the new blades are dull by my standards.

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Agreed 100%. A sharp blade makes all the difference when looking at cut quality. A dull blade tears the grass and leaves a ragged edge that dries out quickly and stresses the grass blade. A sharp mower blade cuts cleanly and the grass suffers much less.

With my small lawn, clay based soil and trying to cut while the grass is dry (not a problem with the drought conditions we have this year!), my blade has stayed sharp since the spring. I usually need to sharpen it every couple of months or so.
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This may be a case of cutting off too much of the blade and/or cutting too low. Generally if your grass is 3" high the max you should cut it down to would be 2". The rule of thumb is to cut no more than 1/3rd of the blade of grass. Also depending on your grass type you may find the lower portion of the blade is not as green as the top of the grass so when cut low it looks more beige than green...if this is the case it needs to be cut higher as this will not change and has nothing to do with the mower. It would be interesting to know more about your specific situation.
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With the little water and high temperatures we've seen this year, short grass isn't in my future. If I don't leave it at 3", I'll end up mowing a beach the following week.
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Brad, I think we have an atmospheric wedge in upstate SC.  NO measurable rain in about a month and not a day below 90.  I'm already mowing a beach.
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Ah, the atmospheric wedge... not to be confused with the atomic wedgie!
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I hear yang. Southern NH here, and just started getting rain past few days and cooler weather following. Otherwise, been 90s for month straight with no rain (which is abnormal for us). Lucky we have irrigation, saving grace. Though I only do about an inch a week. The real saver has been keeping it tall and broke down and added a wetting agent just in case.



so far so good.
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Looking good, Brad!

After little rain to speak of and none in sight, I think I'm going to break out the sprinkler tonight. The front yard is starting to look a little stressed out, though the back still looks pretty good.

Mowing taller has really impressed me. Fertilizing and mowing taller since last fall, even with the drought conditions Ontario has seen, this will be the first time in probably six-seven weeks I've had to water. Any money I've spent on fertilizer has probably been more than made up for with water savings.
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You may be cutting the grass too short.
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I bought my new 21" Self Propelled a month ago and thought the blade was sharp, until my first cut.  Did notice the left side of the lawnmower not cutting the grass well, so I decided to take the blade off to sharpen it - watch a YouTube video on how to do this.  It was quite easy and now the mower is doing a better job.  Hopefully I don't have to do this more than twice a season - per EGO recommendation.
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You should do it after every few cuts, to be honest.  It's soft metal and dulls quickly with thick or damp grass.
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Given how easy it is to remove the blade and sharpen it, I will definitely consider doing this more often - thanks for the advice!
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You, your lawn and your mower will all be happier.